Boehner: ‘Triple threat’ undermines jobs

A “triple threat’ of higher taxes, stimulus spending and federal regulations is undermining the creation of jobs, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) asserted Friday in a statement reacting to dismal jobs figures for August.

Boehner said private-sector job growth “continues to be undermined by the triple threat of higher taxes, more failed ‘stimulus’ spending and excessive federal regulations."

“Together, these Washington policies have created a fog of uncertainty that’s left small businesses unable to hire and American families worried about the future,” Boehner said.

Boehner was reacting to August jobs figures that showed the nation created zero net jobs for the month. Private-sector firms added 17,000, but losses in government wiped out those gains.

The Speaker said he was looking forward to hearing Obama, who will give an address on jobs to a joint session of Congress next week, putting forward ideas that would provide a better environment for long-term economic growth.

Boehner’s statement was markedly different in tone from that of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who suggested that there might be room for compromise between the administration and House Republicans.

Noting that Obama will “finally unveil his latest jobs plan” next week, Cantor said he believed there would be areas where Republicans and the White House could “work together to produce real results that will help job creators get people back to work.”

He said Obama’s suggestion earlier this week that states should get more control over infrastructure projects was one the GOP could agree with. Cantor also suggested the two sides could agree on changes to the unemployment system.

“The president says he wants to put job creation first and put politics aside,” Cantor said. “We agree. It is a two-way street, and if the president is willing to roll up his sleeves and join us in helping Americans back to work, we are ready to work together.”

While Cantor emphasized the possibility of compromise, events this week highlighted the distrust between House Republicans and the White House.

Obama initially asked to give his address to Congress at the same time as the GOP presidential debate, a move quickly rejected by Boehner, who cited security concerns as the reason in asking Obama to move his speech back a day.

Boehner and Obama on Thursday announced they had agreed Obama would give his address on Sept. 8.